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. >>> today, president obama formally ordered that about 30,000 more u.s. troops be sent to afghanistan. mr. obama spent much of dat the day briefing u.s. and foreign leaders about this and tomorrow he explains his decision to the american people. steve handelsman reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: after three months of reassessment, president obama issued his orders, to afghan commanding general mcchrystal and the national security team about 30,000 more u.s. forces to go to afghanistan over next 12 to 18 months. expensive, 30 billion more a year but a significant increase. >> 30,000 troops plus some allies. let's say 5,000. a hu jolt of energy to stan mcchrystal and the nato forces. >> reporter: their revised mission will be to pull out of remote combat bases, to secure afghan cities from the resurgent taliban and to train afghan government forces. many republicans like the plan. >> the mission is to degrade the ability of al qaeda to threaten the american people again. >> reporter: but many of president obama's own democrats are wary. >> we cannot try to do nation-building there. we
her vote for barack obama. >> i was able to vote this year. 1901. what year is it? >> 2008. >> 2008 and i'm still here. thank you jesus. >> funeral services were held today. she died last weekend. when voting for obama, she remembered when there was a poll tax make k it difficult for blacks to vote. she was invited to an inaugural ball. >>> a man from west virginia trapped between a car and a building. also, star power. the obama's spent the afternoon at a local basketball game. we'll tell you why. tis the season for holiday tree shopping. veronica, what do you have? >> we are easily, easily going to top that. the warmest temperatures, the mildest day that we have seen in more than a week. >> coming up in sports, redskins running back is gidy about starting in philadelphia. the maryland seniors play their final game. gorge washington opened the season with five str >> the wrong time to miss. >> plenty of turkeys here. >> fun in the locker room. >> on the next redskins showtime. >> tonight at >>> finding the perfect christmas tree. it's a holiday tradition for many families. a county
throughout our broadcast. >>> in other news, president obama announced he will reveal his new strategy on the war in afghanistan. steve handelsman has more on this story from the white house. >> reporter: if as many here in washington expect, president obama when he announces this new plan next week, basically splits the difference between what many advisors asked him to do and sends about 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. some of the strongest objections will come from his own democrats. appearing from the prime minister of india, a key ally in the fight against islamic terrorism, president obama said what he will announce next week is a new strategy to win in afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> reporter: that is a shot aimed at dick cheney who is saying mr. obama is taking too long to decide. it's a slam of the whole bush team and what mr. obama says were eight years in afghanistan without the right strategy or resources. allowing the taliban comeback. the obama goal? >> to make sure al qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. >>
obama is in singapore, the second stop on his first asian tour since taking office. the president and secretary of state hillary clinton are in asia to address a challenge, specially the global challenge and trade. earlier, mr. obama was in japan where he reached out to top business leaders promising an era of cooperation. >> the united states looks to strengthen all the alliances and build new partners with the nations of this region. >> mr. obama will head to south korea. demonstrators are already protesting against him and the war in afghanistan. >>> police releasing new information that that hope leads them to a missing college student. she's been missing more than a month now. >>> also, more long lines as w local parents try to protect their kids from the swine flu. we'll tell you about that. >>> good evening, ohio. that's bruce string steen. why that simple greeting got him in hot water with fans. chuck, what do you have? >> all the rain is gone. i have good news for the forecast. the details in a minute. >>> coming up in sports, an update on alex. virginia trying to keep
obama ordered a review of all intelligence related to hasan, and whether it was properly shared, amid reports even years ago hissian's co-workers questioned his mental competence. the civilian officer is being credited with stopping the attack are sharing their stories. though it's still unclear whose shot brought hasan down, both are hailed as heroes. >> i put myself between him and the rest of the bystanders out ere. >> i was very surprised. i thank god to this day i wasn't hit. >> reporter: back on the army base where 13 lost their lives that day, walls that once symbolized security are now the site of a make shift memorial, as the community tries to move on. >> ft. hood has gotten its breath back and we continue to move forward. >> reporter: today's charges perhaps an important step in the justice system and the search for healing. kristen dahlgren, nbc news. >>> military officials have not said what further charges may be filed. one of the victims was pregnant and there is a provision in the military code that allows for an additional murder count for an unborn child. >>> there i
dramatically, as well. while virginia voters surged for barack obama last year, now some are turning to the republican ticket and bob mcdonnell to send a message. >> i had to go straight republican today. >> why is that? >> i want to show obama virginia can goat republicans and we don't like his programs. >> reporter: some democratic voters took a different view to the polls. they say president obama's support of democrat creigh deeds helped them win their vote. >> i believe creigh deeds could get this job done. obama completely supports him. yes, i do believe. >> reporter: for the governor's race, i think the main things i'm interested in, we are seeing a forward direction in in country that started with the presidential election. we are recently moved to this state virginia, and i'm interested in seeing those forward directions change, continue to change. >> with preelection polls giving mcdonnell a double-digit lead, republican leading voters have high hopes this will reverse a string of statewide defeat that began with mark warner's election in 2001. >> i'm excited. i hope we hav
of the 9/11 terror attacks. today the obama administration announced he and four others will be tried in a civilian courthouse in new york city blocks from where the world trade center towers once stood. good evening, i'm doreen gentzler. >> i'm jim vance. those suspects could face the death penalty. steveandelsman is on capitol hill with more on this. >> thanks. this is what president obama meant to close guantanamo bay and put the most accused on trial in the open here in the u.s. near the scene of the crime, blocks from where the twin towers fell in 2001. the confessed master mind of the 9/11 attacks khalid shaikh muhammed and four accused accomplices will go on federal trial for the murder of 3,000 people. >> nothing can bring back those loved ones, but they deserve to see the alleged plotters of those attacks held accountable in open court. >> reporter: attorney general eric holder and president obama are breaking from the bush administration, closing guantanamo and bringing the notorious inmates to the u.s. >> i fully expect to direct prosecutors to seek the death
. >>> president obama called president karzai today to offer his congratulations. mr. obama says he's pleased that the final outcome was determined in occurrence with afghan law and he said that the u.s. and the international community will work closely with him but they want to see better governance and a sineer effort to eradicate corruption. >> he assured me that he understood the importance of this moment, but as i indicated to him, the proof is not in words it'll be indeeds. >> it is still not clear when president obama will announce the next steps that the u.s. will take in afghanistan. >>> a senior government official told the reuters news agency that mr. obama is not likely to announce a new strategy before he leaves for asia on november 11th. that trip is scheduled to be ten days' long. >>> the wave of terrorism in pakistan has prompted the united nations to suspend many of its operations there. 35 people were killed this morning in a bombing outside of a bank in ra wal bindy. a suicide bomb or a motorcycle blew himself up. hours later another suicide bombing ripped through a police
you. >>> meanwhile, president barack obama says he'll make a decision within weeks about whether to send more troops to afghanistan. top adviser david axelrod says mr. obama is going through a rigorous decision making process because he wants to make sure the united states has the right strategy in afghanistan. the decision is being complicated by the presidential election problems in that country. the president karzai's opponent in saturday's runoff pulled out of the race citing corruption. >>> word that the squien flu vaccine shortage may be coming to an end. white house officials expect 10 million more doses to be available within the next week. the same obama adviser, david axelrod said that will end the shortage in somestates. they could have 40 million doses available by the end of october but, instead, only 28 million doses have been released. >>> election day is the day after tomorrow in the commonwealth and the latest poll gives republican bob mcdonald's nell bob mcdonald's 53% favored mcdonald's nell and 41% chose deeds. that's a wider lead than back in october. mcdonne
barack obama'srip to asia. hend t presintf taphor their fst full-scale summit today. esiden obama and ina's esident jintao talked on a wide ran of issues. whhouse officials say there dlehrtrom north reement on trade korea. president obama mentioned tibet and the dalailama. while theas n major breakthrough there, the cnese president did knowledge t term human rights. ite house officials say t is a sst stepments came othe >> as psidehu dited, we are creating a joi research energy center andne ficicy, cer u ,leca vehiclesnd shals. >> reporter: there was a state dinner in the prident's honor toni in the golden room the great hall of th people. the menu include chicken soup wieancurd and chine-style be usroded by a milita band frheeopls liberation army. to say i lov you," written by stevie wonder. tomorrow the presint wil go to south korea and is scheded to bth >>> tw weeks after the mass shooting in ft. hood, texas, the u. army ise reporng in suicides amohe arm forces. eve hands seman has our report. >> reporr: it could b far forces kild iombat inn afghanistan layear,014 active duty u.s.cide
ahead. >> thank you, bob. on this veterans day, president obama is considering his options when it comes to how the u.s. should go forward in afghanistan. after promising today noto let our country's military down, he may decide to send a lot more u.s. troops there, but not as many as the generals in afghanistan want. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: thanks. ev the new so-called middle ground plans would send more young americans into the ever more dangerous battle in afghanistan. that's clearly weighing on the commander in chief. in an unscheduled veterans day visit, president obama spent time among the graves at arlington national cemetery. specifically in a section set aside for the fallen from iraq and from afghanistan, where mr. obama's considering sending more u.s. troops. a wrenching decision. >> as long as i am commander in chief, america is going to do right by them. >> reporter: a former defense secretary urged the president to hurry. >> what is important he make a decision and make it reasonably soon. you've got young men and women out there ca
seven years after they happened. >>> in ft. hood in texas today, president obama joined thousands for a memorial service to honor those killed in the shootings there last week. jay gray has our report. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: searching for grace and comfort they gather. thousands, some dressed in red, white and blue, most in army green, all struggling to deal with what happened here. >> it's a day for us to just honor the fallen, fellow soldiers. one big family. >> when something drastic like that happens, it affects everybody. >> reporter: president obama met with families of the fallen and some of the wounded before stepping to the podium for the first time in his young presidency as consoler in chief. >> here at ft. hood, we pay tribute to 13 men and women who are not able to escape the horror of war even in the comfort of home. their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. their life's work is our security and the freedom we all too often take for granted. >> reporter: as this grieving community searches for answers so do investig
. >>> president obama is claiming the self-proclaimed master mind of the 9/11 attacks will be convicted and executed. >>> and kathleen sebelius weighs in on the guidelines. >>> a store owner was able to wrestle a gun away from a would-be robbe and shoot and kill the man. good evening, i'm doreen gentzler. >> i'm jim vance. this happened last night on the food zone store on livingston road. today the owner spoke out about the incident. pat collins has more. >> reporter: in this armed robbery, it's the suspect honeded up dead. killed with his own gun. this is john jiang. he's a former soldier in the korean army, that training may have saved his life last night. mr. jiang owns the food zone convenience store in ft. washington. he's owned the store for five years. he's been robbed here three times. a couple years ago, mr. jiang installed bullet-proof cage around the cash registers. it gave him a sense of safety until last night. around 9:30 last night, two men, both wearing masks, both carrying silver guns, come into the convenience store. the robbery's on. >> he saw me andith the gun said
. >> reporter: president obama weighed in during a speech in washington. >> my immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen. and with those who live and serve at ft. hood. >> reporter: the army has not released the names of the victims or soldiers in custody. the big unanswered question right now is the motive. the fbi is sending agents to ft. ho right now to investigate whether it was terrorism, an attack from within, inside the nation's largest army post. i'm scott gordon reporting live from ft. hood, back to you. >>> for more on the story we go to scott cosper, mayor pro tem at killeen, texas. he joins us on the telephone right now. can you tell us more than we heard about the possible motive of the shooter down there? [ inaudible ] >> are your police forces involved on the base right now, sir? [ inaudible ] >> can you tell us any more about the nature of the -- with 31 injured, can you tell us any more about their conditions, how seriously they've been injured? [ inaudible ] >> as far as you know, mayor, is the danger over? for a while the base w
. thank you >>> president barack obama today spoke out against censorship during his first-ever trip on china. >>> space shuttle "atlanta" sent off to a mission to the international space station. >>> authorities in north carolina say they have found the body of a missing 5-year-old girl. >>> a bullet went through the door of an apartment in d.c., a 9-year-old boy on the other side was killed in his own home. police say it's a case of attempted robbery. good evening, i'm jim vance. >> i'm doreen gentzler. columbia road in northwest d.c. elaine reyes has more on this story tonight. >> reporter: doreen, no one is in custody. investigators are working on good leads in the case. tonight there is a candlelight vigil planned to remember the young victim. >> it's really a shame that a child isn't even safe in his own hoerj didn't do anything wrong, and just is gone now. >> reporter: sesselia jones is president of the northwest columbia heights neighborhood association. she says her neighbo are tired of hearing about the latest shootings, stabbings and robberies but they're not doing enough
with president obama. families of the wounded and victims released from the hospital will be recognized as well. as fortunate ceremony itself the commander at ft. hood says it will be a traditional military memorial. >> it'll be a short sermon and it'll conclude with some music and then the traditional roll call, the names of the dead and it'll have a "21-gun salute." >> reporter: but the tribute just the start of what will be a long and difficult recovery here. >> needing the entire resources of the united states army are at the disposal of ft. hood. >> reporter: for many, one of the most trying issues is getting past the fear that this post, their home, is no longer safe or secure. as the victims and this shattered community look for answers so do investigators. there is word now the suspected gunman major nidal malik hasan is conscious and talking and though his attorney wants to make sure those conversations are limited. >> until i meet with my client i've advised appropriate military officials that no interviews, no interrogations should be conducted by law enforcement. >> reporter: right
'm craig melvin. the vote could cnge the u.s. health care system. president obama went to capitol hill to press democrats for their votes. party leaders appear confident of a win. no republicans are expect ed to support the win. they did their best to make things tough on the democrats who are on the fence. brian moore starts us off. >> reporter: hours before a critical vote on a health care reform bill, president obama went to capitol hill to lobby democrats for what could be his legacy. >> this is our moment to live up to the trust the american people have placed in us. even when it's hard. especially, when it's hard. >> reporter: outside the capital, republicans rally against the bill. >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> reporter: the fireworks began before the debate started. >> i ask you -- >> i object. i object. i object. i object. >> there's no request before the house, yet. >> reporter: both sides reached out to blue dog democrats who have been wavering over the bill's costs and benefits. >> weighing in at nearly 20 pounts, it comes out to $530 million of spending per page. mos
president obama says it's time for the senate to follow suit. however, one senator says the house bill is, quote, dead on arrival in the senate. brian moore has that report. >> reporter: at the white house president obama acknowledged his biggest political victory since taking office, the house passage of a sweeping health care reform bill. >> given the heated and often misleading rhetoric surrounding this legislation i know this was a courageous vote for many members of congress. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: democrats won with two votes to spare. one of them was from a republican, joseph cao of new orleans. he felt the heat from his traditionally liberal district and faces the wrath of his own party. health care reform may face a tougher fight in the senate. democrat zrs a 60-vote majority but joe lieberman of connecticut vows to filibuster any bill with a public option like the one in the house bill. >> if the public option plan is in there as a matter of conscience i will not allow this bill to come to a final vote because i believe the debt can break america. >> the house bill
. at the white house, president obama took time out to call troops in iraq and afghanistan. in the war zone, service members had comfort from the home style. >> as close as you could get to without actually being there. >> reporter: at the air base in afghanistan, there was a makeshift parade for men and women at war. a piece of home a world away. news 4. >> we are just hours away from what is traditionally one of the busiest spping days of the year, but with the economy slumping, some retailers open their doors today in an effort to attract customers. chris gordon talked with people looking to get a head start on holiday gifts. >> this giant was open until 6:00 p.m. a blessing for last minute thanksgiving shoppers. >> this is the entire shopper. i had to work late yesterday. this is the shopping for the holidays. >> starbucks was open andigure you can get your necessities until i got to the golf. i was wrong. >> hello. anybody home? >> most stores were closed this thanksgiving day. locked doors turned them away. taken by surprise at target and barnes and noble. sports authority offered a 2
's still plenty of rough economic news out there. president obama's having to deal with it as he heads into the holiday season. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with more on this. steve? >> reporter: jim, thanks. it is pretty grim economic news today especially on jobs but housing is a bright spot. very bright. >> reporter: the housing comeback set an all-time record, sales of previously owned homes rocketed up more than 10% in september. but that rise was powered by first-time buyers using a tax credit that runs out. >> it does end april 30th. and much like cash for clunkers, we could see a big dropoff after april 30th. also remember that the government has been artificially keeping mortgage rates low by the fed buying fannie and freddie securities that ends march 31st. >> reporter: by next spring the experts said today joblessness might be even higher than today's terrible 10.2%. >> it will be about six to nine months before we see job gains. >> reporter: more pressure on president obama, whose economic point man, treasury secretary tim geithner, is getting hammered by republican
of congratulations, some from prominent democrats. >> a little after 11:00 i received a call from president obama. he was exceptionally gracious and kind. >> reporter: democrat governor tim kaine called to pledge a seamless transition. mcdonnell says his team will begin soon to turn campaign promises into a picy agenda for the general assembly to consider. job creation, transportation and education. >> we are going to outline in excrutiating details everything i said i will do during the course of these four years as governor. >> reporter: mcdonnell spent little time reflecting on his election day sucss and gop sweep of statewide offices. they call his victory the start of a gop resurgence. mcdonnell believes his northern virginia roots helped. >> we were optimistic about loudoun and prince william. never in my wildest dreams thought we would have a slight edge in fairfax. i'm very honored by the confidence northern virginia put in me. >> reporter: tim kaine who serves at dnc chairman, democratic losses were doubly disappointing. with senator mark warner and jim webb in clas, keane argues the democra
to mass casualty incidents. >>> president obama has just returned back to washington. he spent the last eight days on his first official tour to asia. that trip took the president to japan, singare and china. his last stop was in seoul, korea. there the president and south korean president showed unity in their approach of disarping north korea. president obama issued a warning about iran's latest rejection of international records to halt its nuclear program. the president is threateni new sanctions. >> our expectation is that over the next several weeks, we will be developing a package of potential steps we could take that will indicate our seriousness to iran. >> the president ended his trip the way it began with a quick visit to american troops in alaska. as he left asia, white house aides appear to be on the defense about whether the trip was a success. senior advisor david axelrod said in his words, we did not come halfway across the world for ticker tape parades. he added the trip was geared toward laying a foundation for progress. >>> an ambitious promise from afghan president h
in their uniforms. the officers were wearing bullet-proof vests. >>> tuesday, president obama will announce he's sending more troops to afghanistan. he's expected to call for the deployment of 30,000 more service men and women. the additional troops would be used to secure cities and to train afghan security forces to gradually assume control. the president's biggest battle? it could be the cost. the republicans want the president to delay the health care reform bill. some democrats want an across-the dashboard tax increase. >> i have to see what four or five or sisks billion dollars over a decade for this effort will cost us on edge dmags our efforts to rebuild the entire economy. >> the war and money, the essentials. >> taxing the middle class would break the president's campaign promise. ultimately the funding would be up to congress. >>> still ahead, taxpayer money, for personal sailing classes and spiritual retreats? records show its happening in montgomery county. >>> and lawmakers demand action against the alleged white house party crashers. >>> there's a mad rush at airports right now.
president obama signed a bill that adds 14 to 20 extra weeks of unemployment aid. it also extends tax credits for home buyers through next april and provides tax breaks to businesses that have recent losses. >> economists tell us when these benefits are spent on food or clotng or rent, it actually strengthens our economy and creates new jobs. >> reporter: this new law as the labor department announced, the unemployment rate has grown to 10.2%, nearly 16 million people can't find jobs, even though the worse recession since the great did he preegs ended. the president said higher employment is his administration's overriding focus. >> so although it will take time and take patience, i am confident that our economy will recover and i'm confident we are moving in the right direction. >> reporter: james robinson would benefit from the new law. he is unemployed and looking, but his benefits have run out. >> keep your head up and keep looking. that's what i'm doing. >> reporter: the job losses cut a wide swath across the economy from manufacturing and construction to retail and financial. th
tall presented to first lady michelle obama and the girls this afternoon. the usual tradition, it arrived at the white house on a horse-drawn carriage. the tree came from shepherdstown, west virginia. i saw a lot of christmas trees on top of cars today. it was nice to get a lot of sunshine, but came with a side of gusty wind. >> it's feeling like the season. you can burn off some of those calories from yesterday fighting off that wind. our current temperature is getting down into the 30s. our temperature, we made it up to 50 degrees. that cold air was coming in. the average low temperature now, we have not had our first freeze officially in washington. 37 this november. right now well above average by almost four degrees. still get that nice sky out there with that cloud. our current temperature 44. gusty west-northwesterly wind. the wind chill feels like it's 36 degrees out there look at temperatures earlier this morning. we were in the 40s. st. louis, this is the latest st. louis had their first freeze. they were down to 31. chicago 29. not all that cold. even not all that c
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